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On January 29, a federal jury ordered Apple Inc. and Broadcom Inc. to pay a combined $1.1 billion in damages for infringing California Institute of Technology patents on Wi-Fi data transmission. In an article published by Bloomberg Law, Mintz Member Peter Corless was quoted in response to the decision and addressed why more universities are asserting their patents.
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Mintz Associate Emma Follansbee was quoted in an article published by Bloomberg Law on legal considerations for employers as they take steps to safeguard workers from the global Coronavirus outbreak.
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In a January 24 article published by Law360, Mintz Member Laurence J. Freedman commented on a reported plateau in filings and recoveries from cases involving the False Claims Act (FCA). In the article, he noted that “any decrease in [qui tam] filings will not affect recoveries down the road.” If the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)’s willingness to dismiss declined cases or the Escobar materiality standard has discouraged filings, these qui tams likely “would have been cases without fraud that would have wasted government resources to investigate."
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On January 27, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the U.S. Department of Homeland Security permission to implement its "public charge" rule, which penalizes immigrants who may need public benefits, while litigation over the policy continues. An article published by Law360 featured commentary on the Supreme Court’s order from immigration attorneys, including Member and Founding Chair of Mintz’s Immigration Practice Susan J. Cohen.
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Last year was a pivotal time for well-being in the legal industry, as law firms, nonprofits, bar organizations, media, and individuals worked to increase awareness of the prevalence of mental health difficulties faced by legal professionals and to address the underlying issues. Well-being has long been a priority at Mintz, and the firm continues to lead this charge through innovative programs and benefits for employees and by communicating openly with lawyers and professional staff about well-being challenges.
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